zero waste for beginners
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Zero-waste lifestyle for beginners

Choosing to buy natural cosmetics means not only to love nature but often also to adopt a different lifestyle. For this reason, those who prefer natural cosmetics decide to buy eco-sustainable clothes, reduce waste to the minimum,  be Zero-Waste, avoid plastic and recycle materials. Basically a life oriented towards an eco-sustainable life. It’s not easy to switch our habits so I’m sharing a guideline for zero-waste beginners based on my experience. 🙂

 

With small actions it’s possible to make big changes

My first step started with reducing plastic! As you know plastic is everywhere, even where it shouldn’t be. If you want to know more about it, just have a look at my previous post.

My personal opinion about plastic is that it’s a very useful material but it should be used consciously. First of all recycle it and do your part. Otherwise, just try to avoid it preferring biodegradable materials.

Let’s start with my suggestions for a

Zero-waste lifestyle for beginners

 

affiliate disclosure: the following blog post is NOT in collaboration with brands. I personally bought the products introduced below.  Furthermore, this post contains affiliate links about products that I tried and recommend. By clicking through them and making a purchase, I may receive a small commission WITHOUT any additional cost to you. 

1. Beeswax’s wraps

The Beeswax wraps are made mainly of organic cotton and beeswax. They are compostable and are used to replace the common plastic wraps that we normally use to cover leftovers.  The beeswax wraps are reusable and pliable. Honestly I was skeptical about washing them but it was easier than I thought. It was enough to wash them with water and they were ready to be used again. If you are interested in similar items, you can find them here.

 

2. Bamboo Dish Brush

I don’t know why I didn’t buy it before! The bamboo dish brush is a great alternative to replace the ordinary sponges! It doesn’t produce micro-plastic like the common sponges and removes the dirt easily and quickly. I changed sponges roughly every 2-3 weeks, buying a new set every 2 months and spending per year about 30€ in sponges >.< The bamboo brush indeed lasts for months. Mine is still as the first day after 2 months. If you are interested in similar items, you can find them here.

 

3. Re-Usable Bamboo Towels

The re-usable bamboo towels are a great eco alternative to replace paper towels avoiding useless plastic packaging. They are made of organic bamboo, can be easily washed, dried and reused up to 85 times. By using them we don’t just save money but also help the environment. It’s a win to win situation and I would give this product a chance. If you are interested in similar item, you can find it here.

 

4. Stainless Steel Water Bottle

A stainless steel water bottle is a great way to stop buying plastic bottles. I find it really useful and not exaggeratedly heavy when it’s completely full. I bring it with me also when I go to the gym and I noticed that I’m not the only one that is using it! If you want to help the planet as well, and buy a stainless steel water bottle click here 🙂

 

5. Menstrual cup

For women: Last but not least the menstrual cup. I don’t consider the menstruations a taboo. We are in 2019 and we are all conscious about how the life cycle works so, why avoiding to talk about products that can help women?! In my opinion, definitely one of the best invention of this century. Also the BBC has dedicated an article to it. You can read more about it here. I have to admit that switching to menstrual cup could be not the easiest thing. At the beginning it could be tricky to be comfortable with it but it’s just a matter of time and practice. My suggestion would be just to try it, giving the cup a chance and understand if it could be right for you. The menstrual cup lasts for 10 years, doesn’t contribute to generate garbage, and saves definitely your money! In the market there are lots of different cups, you can have a look and choose you favorite here.

Considerations

These are only 5 items that can help you to move towards a lifestyle with less wastes and more awareness. They can be considered as a starting point to make our life but also the life of a new generations more sustainable. Let me know, if this article was useful, leave me a comment below.

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6 Comments

  • Sustainable Responsible Living

    Great overview. I think it’s important though not to fall into a eco conscious consumer trap – many eco items offered for purchased can be replaced by simple items we already have – e.g. instead of buying beeswax wraps one can simply use a container or cover a bowl with a small dish…

  • Margarida Vasconcelos

    What a great post and couldn’t agree more. Since I became vegan in 2013 I’ve been progressively changing my lifestyle, I am more mindful and aware of the impact of my choices. Every little change helps to make the world a better place. Thank you for sharing this very useful tips.

  • Geraldine

    Great post girl! I never thought of the bamboo dish brush either. We buy sponges all the time. This might be the first replacement I make in my house. I have seeing menstrual cups but I I’m hesitant simply because I don’t know if I will do it right or end up wasting it! As an alternative though I do try to look for napkins that are completely biodegradable. Thanks for sharing! ❤️

  • Tilly

    There are some great ideas here ☺︎ Switching to a menstrual cup was a real game-changer for me; it definitely took some getting used to, but was simple after that. As well as being low-waste, it also paid for itself extremely quickly and I’m grateful that I no longer have to spend £££ on tampons 🙃 They aren’t for everyone of course, but there are plenty of reusable period products out there. Thanks!

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